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Summer is in full swing.  We are sitting at a campfire talking shop and mentally preparing for school to start in 5 weeks…..Insert Jenns’ happy dance.  

We have been working hard at getting new items and designs in the shop.  We were super happy to introduce the stencil storage albums earlier this summer. And just last night Janae posted some new stencils the Edgers.  These fabulous stencils Janae dreamed up to help create perfect edges to daily boxes or any straight-sided area you want to add a fancy design too.  Video using these is posted below.

Another super exciting event coming up tomorrow is the EPiC sale.  100 planner shop getting together and having a giant sale.  Journal This Now is happy to be offering a 35% off discount here on the website.  Our processing time for this sale will increase to 2-3 weeks.  Make sure you check out all the awesome shops involved in this sale  The sale started Friday morning July 27 at 9 est and runs thru Sunday, July 29 at midnight.  


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Plan Camp 2018

What is Plan Camp?  It is a time when 28 like minded women come together with apprehension, nerves and a love of planners, and leave feeling joyous, happy and inspired!  We also left, knowing we had made some lasting deeper friendships with 27 others that loved to do and talk about what we love. 

We had so much fun this past weekend at PlanCamp. Design Pandemonium, treated us from the time we entered the beautiful estate.  We were pampered and spoiled. Vicki and Jess, with the help of the magnificent Felicia from Libbie & Co. hosted the weekend and there were 28 ladies invited. The 4 story house was AMAZING!   It was complete with a gymnasium, exercise room, sauna and 7 bedrooms 7 bedrooms, each decorated in their own unique camping theme.

Jennifer and I were lucky enough to have sponsored the room called the Firefly room.  We gave our campers a caboodle filled with slumber party and camping necessities and a few planning stencils and supplies as well. 

The room we stayed in was sponsored by One Tough Cookie Company and EbeeGbee, the Fat Cat Designs and Birds Fly Studio  It was a wonderful surprise to receive exclusive cookies made by One Tough Cookie in the shape of a camper and a heart.  Ginger, from One Tough Cookie, also made cookies for all the campers in the shape of toasted marshmallows on a stick!   I was wrong in thinking they are too pretty to eat!  (because they were DELICIOUS). 

After arriving on Friday, we toured the house and everyone got settled in their rooms.  We enjoyed a fun Social evening with food, drinks and games.  Saturday, our bus arrived to whisk us off to the Pinners convention.  Anything you can find on Pinterest was there.  We managed to find some items we couldn’t live without, including some interesting water resistant translucent paper that I cannot wait to play with. 

Sunday, Jenn and I put on our Journal This Now hats. The Basketball court was transformed into a classroom.  We were given the opportunity to introduce ourselves and share our stencil passion with all the others. This was the time we could show how we like to use our stencils,  encourage others to use pencil first and then to follow up with ink.  JTN stencils are more like guides or templates and we got to demonstrate that.  Jenn showed how to sponge with a makeup sponge discussed how she likes to create a quick background by addinng lots of color to your planner or bullet journal pages.

I love showing colored pencils, so I talked about the different colored pencils such as the Faber-Castell Polychromos and the Prismacolor and the good characteristics of both.  Jennifer also talked about Jane Davenport mermaid markers.  We both were able to share our love of those and the different ways that we like to use them.

It was a blast talking about our stencils and introducing people to them.  Leuchttrum donated a planner for every camper that attended.  We want to be sure to give a shout out to them for their generosity.


We came away with lots of ideas, suggestions and excitement.  JTN can’t wait to go back to the drawing board and create new stencils that everyone could use incorporating all the ideas of our new camper friends. 

Our Wonderful Camp Counselor

was the

Magnificent Christine Heil

She so graciously sponsored our camp bus excursion to the Pinners Conference too!

We want to thank so many Room sponsors such as

Luna Rae Studios 


Kit Life

Winter Planner Land

Libbie & Co


It was a memorable time spent with wonderful friends.

We can’t wait for next year. 

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Summer Time! Finally!!

Summertime is finally here for us in Minnesota. 

So we better get busy!  Tilling, Planting, finding all our garden tools from last year and making a plan for this year.  

I love my garden.  But, I was not very kind to it last year and it repaid the favor, by not providing us the bounty we hoped for.  This time around, I vow to do better.  Haha, I always do!  

But we are off to a good start. 

It was a hot Saturday.  Even our pups were looking for ways to cool down.  

We decided to plant mostly vegetables that we got from the farmers market and the little Amish farm up the road.  That place is my favorite!  It’s so rustic and organic.  Every time I visit, I think I could live this simple life too.  Then I come home to my cell phone and laptop and color pencils and stencils and am perfectly happy to sit and journal about the farmers we talked to that day.  What we learned from everyone and all the great vegetables that were planted.  It’s a pretty sweet life we live too.  We are thankful. 

I’m sharing with you a page I created that shows my garden plans and notes.  I used Faber Castell Polychromos Color Pencils and a Micron Pigma pen, size .005 and .01

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Bring on Spring!

Spring is Natures way of saying “OK! Lets Party”
First comes Valentines Day, St Patricks Day, Easter, May Day, Cinco de Mayo. Journal This Now has a stencil for all of the wonderful memories and moments to record in your journals and planners. We have so many ideas flowing for fun and colorfully creative pages. Stick with us through the last days of Winter, and lets show Spring a thing or two! Make sure to check out all the new listings we have each week.


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Some Pig!

Some Pig! 

Fall in Minnesota this year has been awesome! Mild weather has delayed the inevitable winter that looms over us. But we miss most of it, because, like most of you, we have jobs and obligations that keep us indoors and on the run most of the time.  

On this particular day, Jenn texts me and says “you better come outside”,



Being the worry wort that I am, by the time I came out of the office, down the stairs and hit the garage door, I had envisioned my husband pinned under the tractor or some sort of accident with the chainsaw.  (Being the cheery, carefree person I am) Instead, I couldn’t believe my eyes.  

A Pig! . . . . . In our driveway!

I just thought Jenn was getting us lunch!?! 

Lesson learned:  Sometimes you just need to stop and . . . .  well . . . .  smell the roses.  Otherwise, we might miss a visiting Pig. . . . . And a sunny Autumn day!

So I had to record this day in my journal!  I hope one day my Grandkids will look through my journals and think, “Grandma had a fun life”  Just the way I feel when I look at pictures of my mom and dad.  

Here is how I used our Pig Stencil in my LT1917 dotted A5.






Where there is one pig, there are others!  Cow Sheep and Chicken stencils were born. Here is one idea on how to use our pig stencil with colored pencils.  

and remember . . . . 

Winter is coming!

  • Janae
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Apple Harvest

Fall has always been my favorite season.   Summer heat does nothing for me, but make me sweat! 

When Fall finally arrives, it means cooler temps and fewer bugs!

2 years ago we moved to a rural town in Minnesota.  We have a small 2.5-acre lot with a lovely little apple tree.  The previous owner couldn’t identify the kind of apples, but she made bottles and bottles of delicious apple wine. 

I was so excited for my first year’s harvest! I waited. . . . 

There are several other trees with no clue what they were either.  We lived by the idea of “this is an adventure” moving from the city to the country.  Let’s let this first year roll and “learn as we go”.  My husband and I make a pretty good team and fell comfortably into our roles as hobby farmer and wife. 

Last year, in 2016, a surprisingly scraggly tree with tangled branches and a large crack in the trunk gave us bushels of plums.  Little tiny pink plums.  We made the most delicious Plum jelly, thanks to YouTube and Pinterest. We learned this was an American Plum tree and it blessed us with an unexpected bounty of fruit.  But where were all those apples??  Nothing. Still, we waited. . . 


We waited another year. We had a tree service come out and look at our scattered, tattered and tangled orchard.  He identified several more plum trees up on the hill and a cherry tree. He trimmed and pruned our apple tree and taught me how to do the same to a little pretty crab apple tree.  We are learning a lot.

And then. . . .  suddenly  . . . . . APPLES!!!   

Be careful what you wish for!

Applesauce, Apple Jelly, Apple Butter, Apple Pies, Apple Muffins, Apples! Apples! Apples!

Applesauce Recipe: from the Pioneer Woman website. (with some Canning instructions added) Dee’s recipe is to be used for storage in refridgerator.

  • 6 pounds Apples, Peeled, Cored, And Cut Into 8 Slices
  • 1 cup Apple Juice Or Apple Cider
  • Juice Of 1 Lemon
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar, Packed
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, More Or Less To Taste
    • Optional Ingredients: Nutmeg, Maple Syrup, Allspice, Butter… 
  • PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil.  Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.
  • COMBINE apples with just enough water to prevent sticking in a large stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and boil gently, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 20 minutes, until apples are tender (time will depend upon the variety of apple and their maturity). Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • TRANSFER apples, working in batches, to a food mill or a food processor fitted with a metal blade and purée until smooth.
  • RETURN apple purée to saucepan. Add sugar, if using, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Maintain a gentle boil over low heat while filling jars.
  • LADLE hot applesauce into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
  • PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 20 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

It took us 2 weekends to process 8 quarts of applesauce and 36 pints of Apple Butter. 7 bags of frozen sliced apples.  I could not have done it all without this guy 

Here is my journal entry in my Leuchtturm 1917 dotted.  I used our Canning Jar stencil and our new Jumbo Typography #1 for the header.  Of course, I used Polychromos pencils from Faber Castill.  



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Journal This Now is Thankful!

We have been busy creating a new line of stencils, just in time for your holiday shopping.  We are calling our new stencils “Jumbo Typography”! Large Alphabet font stencils made, especially for your headers and page titles.  5 fonts will be introduced on November 24th, with more to be introduced over the next few months.  We wanted to introduce these now so you can be sure to take advantage of our Black Friday Sale coming up this next week.

Here are the details:
35% off everything including the Black Friday surprise box. 
Runs from midnight Thursday to midnight Sunday.
****Black Friday Surprise Box****
4 Exclusive mini stencils
8 sheets of stickers
Swarovski Crystal Pen
And more goodies.
Price $32.50 plus shipping. 
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Floral Wreath Elements Stencil

We have sold a few of our new Floral Wreath Elements stencils, and we wanted to be sure you knew what a fun tool this could be.  I love being able to embellish and create my own look and to encourage you to “play” too.   I hope this video will inspire and take a little mystery out of how to use this floral addition to your stencil collection.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions when using our stencils or stickers. 

Also,  Good News!  It’s been a creative weekend at Journal This Now and we are posting 8 new stencils in our new “State” series.  Thank you to everyone that participated in our Facebook poll.  We are continuing to work our way down the list, so if you haven’t seen your state stencil introduced yet, be sure to add it to our list. Or, shoot us a message!  Here is one of our first 8 to be posted today and tomorrow. Have a great week!